The Fox Valley Nutcracker is back for the holidays at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre!

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The Fox Valley Nutcracker is back for the holidays at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre!

Don’t miss this heartwarming fairy tale ballet celebrating 5 years

The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a fantastic winter show to get you back in the swing of the holidays, is sure to blow you away to the land of make-believe and creativity. 110 cast members from 20 different dance studios in the Western Chicago suburbs and about 90 volunteers and members of the artistic staff and production team come together to produce such a magical performance.

Ashlie Andersen, the 5-year Artistic Director of the Fox Valley Nutcracker says that she wants the audience to remember that “we [the cast, crew, and production team] are a big family that come together to put on this show. From my family to all of the families involved, I have set my theme for this year as a community and family. The cast involves a multitude of performers of all ages, races, and abilities. Some even dealing with life-threatening illnesses or are cancer survivors.” This really goes to show how much care and thought is put into the show, and how much everyone a part of it really tries to “share the love and feeling of family” with the audience.

The tale itself is set around a family and a little girl who has the most magical night of her life and a special gift she receives on Christmas Eve turns her world upside down as she wakes up to find herself in the middle of a battle scene, dances with her prince in the land of snow and then travels on a journey through the land of sweets. To make this journey come alive, the cast rehearses from the end of August till the performances on November 24th and 25th.

Andersen wants to thank her assistant, Bridget Christianson for her support and involvement in the show and for always supporting her vision. “Without her, this show would not be possible.”

The Fox Valley Nutcracker was named one of the “top ten favorite must-see Nutcrackers in Illinois” by Pointe Magazine.

Performances will be held at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, November 24, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. Regular tickets for adults run from $25-35 and tickets for children 10 and under are $20-30. VIP seating is also available in the first three rows of the orchestra section for only $40 and include a photo op with characters after the show. For groups of 15 or more, there is a special group rate of 10% off of your total ticket price.

Get more information about the ballet at, and more information about tickets at or by Calling the Box Office at (630) 937-8930.


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